S: Kirsten & Matt
BC: Hold onto what is good even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you. ~Native American (Pueblo)
FC: Kirsten and Matt
1: Dear Birthmother letter goes on this page.
2: On our Wedding Day -2005 At our Country Church | Hi! We're Kirsten and Matt!
3: Door County Sunset | Lady Slipper Orchids Washington Island | A Family Farm where we buy veggies | Historical Bridge near our neighborhood | We live in Door County, WI surrounded by nature
4: (From Left) Fred, Tim, Dan, Matt and Mike. When we get together, it's like we were never apart. | We Loved to play with Cars | Matt's Family | of all sizes! | Dad teaching Fred how to fix cars | Dan, Mike and Matt racing slot cars | Matt displays some models that he built
5: Fred and Dan laying down a new track in Fred's Garage | Mike, his daughter Amber and his wife Christine | Nieces Amy and Teresa clowning around | Dan and wife Karen touring the country | Mom walking her dog Zeke | Tim and his wife Michele at our wedding reception
6: Kirsten grew up in a family that loves the outdoors... enjoying life and each other. | Kirsten's Family | Kirst & Brother Dave at an art fair | Kirsten & Phil - can't get enough cake! | puppies | Kirst age 14 with her horse, Gemini
7: Brother Phil, his wife Mary, and their four boys~ Lots of nephews to love! | with Dad ~ Ken! | Nephew Braden's portrait of "Family" | Kirsten's Mom, her service dog Feenix, and Kirsten in 1993. | Brother Dave, his wife Jennifer, and their son John Edward in the woods of Northern Michigan
8: Matt ice racing on Clark's Lake with his friends | Above: Dropping Into the Bowl. Left: Snowmobile Racing Man vs. Dog | Active Life
9: That's really Kirsten! | We love camping & dirt biking in Michigan's U.P.
10: Nature Time | Time spent close to nature helps us refresh, restore, renew ourselves so we can return to our work with a joyful attitude of gratitude
11: Somehow we always find our way to the water!
12: We live in a colorful, cozy house in a great neighborhood! Many people walk, bike, and play outside on our block. | Our House
13: This wonderful park, playground, and beach is only a ten minute walk from our house. The beach is waiting! | Enjoying flowers In the garden
14: Kids In Our World | Kirsten's dear friend Dr. Amelia, with Isabella and Sophia. They live in Chicago~ | We are fortunate to have several families with young children in our lives. | with nephew Garrison | Matt rocks out with baby Lake
15: If we are blessed to adopt, this child will have an abundance of friends, places to visit, and adventures to enjoy! ~On this page~ Willa, Ivy, and baby Lake live on Spirit Creek Farm in Northern Wisconsin. We love to visit them!
16: Healthy meals bring families together | From the Farm to the Table, we love Food and we both love to cook! | We Love... | Making a fresh tomato sauce | Veggie Spring Rolls with spicy peanut sauce | Matt's potato harvest
17: Kirsten loves to paint. | whenever I am painting, the stress just seems to melt away.
18: Wawa, Ontario Canada kayak adventure | Where's Matt? The train is leaving! | Enjoying the flood ! Island of Cozumel, Mexico | Agawa Canyon train ride ~ Canada | Travel & adventure
19: "Old men" skateboarding together at a skate park on Orcas Island near Seattle, WA Matt checks their West Coast style. | We're always the happiest when we can be outdoors! | Olympic National Forest, WA
20: A cabin on a lake. Year round vacation memories. Kirsten and her brothers share a lovely property that has been in the family for three generations. Magically, time slows down. There's plenty of room to relax, explore, and enjoy! | Our Family Property in Michigan's Upper Peninsula | Above - Brother David searching for the perfect Christmas Tree! Below - Matt and Nephew John hanging out in Matt's truck | John learns to master the snow mobile
21: Gulliver Lake morning Thanksgiving Day a peaceful moment | The ski boat awaits... anyone for a ride?
22: Kirsten with Jennifer, a Doula, and Karen, a Massage Therapist. Two of her very dear friends. | Kirsten's StepMom Susan joined our family in 2006. She is a wonderful friend and mentor. | Kirsten & Matt: our friendship is the key to our happy relationship | Matt (left), with brother Fred and buddies Adam and Scott | enrich our lives
23: Matt & Andrew, Jennifer & Kirsten at the disco roller rink | Making fresh apple cider with our neighbor Becky and our friends Ben & his son Draeden | Becky and her husband Josh live across the street from us. Their daughter JoJo is ready to play!